It’s Monday. Typically on Mondays I reflect on how things went at church and in the youth ministry the day before. This Monday I’m reflecting on the entire week that I’ve just spent on the youth mission trip. As a leader I’m always trying to set a good example for the students and model Christ-likeness. When you spend seven days with a group and you live on less that 5-6 hours a day of sleep, you begin to get a little rough around the edges. It’s in those moments that I fear that I will act or speak in a way that dishonors Christ and my role as pastor.
In today’s reading a passage jumped out at me that I’ve never read before. David said in Psalm 69:6, “May those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me, O Lord, the Lord Almighty; may those who seek you not be put to shame because of me, O God of Israel.” This psalm describes the low pit that David felt himself in. Even at his lowest David prayed that his life would not reflect poorly on the Lord. That’s my prayer too. I never want to do anything that would disgrace the Lord or detract students from seeing who Christ really is.